Shaking in his boots



November 16, 2016
Shaking in his boots

Suspended Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba

Mashaba will possibly know his Bafana fate by the end of the week

The knives are out for Shakes Mashaba.

The under-fire Bafana Bafana coach only found out he was suspended by Safa when he was turned away at the OR Tambo Airport as his team flew to Mozambique for their friendly last night.

And now it looks his future as Bafana boss could be decided by the end of the week, after Shakes’ reckless outbursts following the national team’s World Cup qualifying 2-1 win over Senegal.

He snubbed Safa president Danny Jordaan and said that they had already “buried him”.

The win was a chance to vent his frustrations that they never backed him during a challenging few months and were ready to send him packing had he failed to beat the Lions of Teranga.

This now appears a possibility.

A Safa source with inside info of Mashaba’s suspension from his duties said disciplinary proceedings against the coach will be accelerated and could be finalised as early as Friday.

Video footage of Mashaba refusing to conduct an interview with the SABC shortly after the match emerged on social media yesterday morning and these images had been captured in full view of his Safa bosses.

The tape will be used as evidence against him in a disciplinary hearing, which will be spearheaded by the association’s chief executive, Dennis Mumble.

The insider reveals: “The coach will be given three days to respond to the charges against him.

“Several witnesses will be called in an effort to try and deal with this debacle as quickly as possible to avoid further assumptions about what is going to happen to the coach. But his behaviour is a fireable offence.

“There is enough time to get a new coach, who will have ample time to prepare Bafana for their next World Cup qualifier in August [back-to-back matches against Cape Verde].

“Winning against Senegal did not make Safa forget that the coach failed to qualify for the [Afcon] next year.

“But whoever comes in will have to be someone with experience coaching in Africa, otherwise the association will shoot itself in the foot and risk not qualifying for Russia. You cannot have a situation where you… [can] be found wanting.”

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